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Keynote Speaker Karim Rashid

Karim Rashid

Acclaimed Cultural and Industrial Designer, Creativity and Innovation Speaker

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $10,001 - $20,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
    English
  • Travels From
    New York, USA

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Karim Rashid’s Key Accomplishments Include . . .

Karim Rashid is one of the most prolific designers of his generation. Over 3000 designs in production, over 300 awards and work in over 35 countries attest to Karim’s legend of design. As a renowned international designer, his work is known for being innovative, forward-looking, and strikingly relevant. From furniture to fashion to products for hip brands, Karim Rashid’s colorful projects have burst through the design community and into the mainstream.

Karim Rashid’s award-winning designs include the ubiquitous “Garbo” waste can and “Oh Chair” for Umbra, interiors such as the Morimoto restaurant in Philadelphia and Semiramis Hotel in Athens, and exhibitions for Deutsche Bank and Audi. Karim Rashid has collaborated with clients to create democratic design for Method and Dirt Devil, furniture for Artemide and Magis, brand identity for Citibank and Hyundai, high-tech products for LaCie and Samsung, and luxury goods for Veuve Clicquot and Swarovski, to name a few.

Karim Rashid’s work is featured in 20 permanent collections and he exhibits art in galleries worldwide.  Karim is a perennial winner of the Red Dot award, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design award, I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review, and IDSA Industrial Design Excellence award.

Karim Rashid has been featured in numerous periodicals and publications including Time, Financial Times, NY Times, Esquire and GQ. In 2009 Rizzoli released Karim’s latest monograph KarimSpace, featuring 36 of his interior architecture designs. Other books include Karim’s guide to living, Design Your Self, and Digipop, a digital exploration of computer graphics, as well as two monographs entitled Evolution and I Want to Change the World.

Karim Rashid is a frequent guest speaker at universities and conferences, globally disseminating the importance of design in everyday life.

More About Speaker, Karim Rashid . . .
In his spare time Karim Rashid’s pluralism flirts with music (as a DJ), art and fashion and the designer is determined to creatively touch every aspect of our physical landscape.

Karim Rashid holds honorary doctorates from the Ontario College of Art & Design and Corcoran College of Art & Design.

Testimonials 4

  • “We were thrilled to be able to have Karim Rashid as our keynote speaker. Karim and his team were professional and amiable from initial contact throughout the entire event. Karim was also tireless in helping us promote his appearance and went above and beyond our expectations. Not only was he the consummate professional but he was equally as engaging in his presentation to an absolute packed house. Everybody loved him and we’d love to see Karim back in Vancouver soon!”

    Trish Almeida

    Interior Design Show West

  • “What a force to be reckoned with! The turnout was absolutely phenomenal (approximately 600) and no one left the theatre disappointed – one sure sign of which was the standing ovation Karim received as he left the stage. He was gracious, funny, candid – as consistently informative and he was thoroughly informed. What a class act.”

    PUNCH Productions

  • “When Karim Rashid speaks, he charms, he engages, and he informs. He does it all in an effortless manner—as if he were speaking to a group of his closest friends. He is everything a spokesman should be. Most of all, he’s a tough act to follow!”

    Edie Cohen

    Deputy Editor, Interior Design Magazine

  • Karim Rashid’s presentation was reported to be ‘the most crowded’ of the 2010 Istanbul Design Week conference.  The conference room (which was for 350 people) was not large enough, so his speech was broadcast to an outside screen at the Old Galata Bridge.  All iDW attendees were very happy to see his unique presentation.

    Sinem Kocayas

    iDW

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